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Loudoun County cyclist who flipped off President Trump’s motorcade loses her job

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A woman who gave President Donald Trump the middle finger after he left his golf club in Sterling on Oct. 28 has been fired over the gesture, according to media reports.

Photographer Brendan Smialowski with AFP and Getty Images captured the incident, which can be found at TheGuardian.com

The woman, identified by The Washington Post as 50-year-old Juli Briskman, told Huffington Post she decided to tell her employer, government contractor Akima LLC, what had happened as the photo was circulating online.

“[Trump] was passing by and my blood just started to boil,” Briskman told Huffington Post. “I’m thinking, DACA recipients are getting kicked out. He pulled ads for open enrollment in Obamacare. Only one-third of Puerto Rico has power. I’m thinking, he’s at the damn golf course again.”

According to Briskman, her bosses called her into a meeting and said she had violated the company's social media policy by using the photo as her profile picture on Twitter and Facebook.

Briskman had worked in marketing and communications at Akima for just over six months. She said she'd told executives that she wasn't on the job when the incident happened, and that her social media pages don't mention her employer.

They told her because Akima was a government contractor, the photo could hurt their business, she said.

Akima has not responded to requests for comment.

According to a White House Press Corps pool report, President Trump's motorcade left Trump National Golf Club in Sterling around 3:12 p.m. on Oct. 28. The pool report from The Guardian's David Smith notes the motorcade “overtook a female cyclist, wearing a white top and cycling helmet, who responded by giving the middle finger.”

“The motorcade had to slow and the cyclist caught up, still offering the finger, before turning off in a different direction," Smith's pool report notes.


The AP article has some of the redacted details of what Juli Briskman’s boss spewed on social media without consequence.

I’d tell you myself, but it’s too Rude for this forum.

Cindylou and Oncerural4 - You keep mentioning this post some male worker made. I assume you have seen it and know exactly what was said. Would you mind sharing it’s contents. I know if I keep talking about something like it is a fact I would be able to provide the details.

Breaking News…

“a week after giving the president the finger and finding herself out of work, Ms. Briskman has now received 453,678 job offers from every state in the Union”  Way to go Ms. Briskman!  seems you also made the economy a little better.  Ever think of running for President?

For those that think she should have been fired-please reinforce this attitude towards the MALE mgmt.at her company that did obscene things on FB that DID mention Akima and did not get fired. Ready go!    what? I just heard a pin drop.

Yep, welcome to the “Trump bully era”  It will soon be over!  We will not be saluting the madman much longer!!!!  Players keep kneeling against injustice!  Ms. Briskman your a hero standing up against this tyrant leader and his racist bully tactics!!  It’s clear her previous job has issues also.  They keep a man that does this, but they let a woman go?  She only had her job 6 months, she will find another one and I presume with an office full of Democrats!  DNC would love to have her.  Trump turned on Gillespie and his own party last night after the elections. I guess Ms. Briskman and Gillespie will both be looking for a job together!  HA!

After the votes were counted yesterday, seems a whole lot of Virginians are sick and tired of Trump.

Looks to me like Akima should be the one to bear the burden here and they should be rejected for any further business.


No, actually, I’ve never “flipped anyone off”, regardless of how much I may dislike someone. Making obscene gestures is not only rude and disrespectful, it is, frankly, immature, and I certainly was not raised that way.

That’s ok.  They obviously need a new marketing and communications “expert” since this one is clueless about the pros and cons of social media. If she doesn’t respect the office the president any more than that, perhaps she needs an overseas assignment that pays in non US dollars.

Act like an immature, ignorant, classless jerk and get what you deserve. Her former employer contracts employees to the government. She was photographed flipping off the President of the country. Any well respected company with an ounce of integrity would have terminated her employment in a heartbeat. If I flip off the customers of my employer, I deserve to be fired as well… however, I was raised properly and would never flip off any POTUS, past or present.

MeetJohnDoe - That is exactly what the First Amendment was intended for.  Any Police Office that makes an arrest should be immediately fired, along with any prosecutor that prosecutes it, and the judge that doesn’t immediately dismiss it.  All three (3) took an oath to uphold the Constitution, failure to do so should mean the loss of their jobs.

In Fairfax, you can get charged a misdemeanor if you flip off someone in public. Just ask liberal website Shareblue writer Mike Stark. Mind your p’s and q’s people.

I strongly disliked Obama for countless reasons: giving cash to Iran, soaring national debt, Obamacare, etc.

From 2008 through 2013 I worked on Pennsylvania Ave, a few blocks from the White House. I saw his motorcade countless times, and never once did it occur to me to flip him off.

Thank you, mom and dad, for raising me well.


Anyone Can Be Screened or Screen

It’s not just potential employees who should keep their digital tracks clean. Forty-one percent of employers say they use social networking sites to research current employees, nearly a third (32 percent) use search engines to check up on current employees, and more than one in four (26 percent) have found content online that has caused them to reprimand or fire an employee.

Further, a separate survey found that some savvy job seekers are using social media to their own benefit. Nearly a fifth of workers (18 percent) check out hiring managers on social media when job hunting

I think most of you are missing the point here.  This person was not fired for flipping anyone the bird, as that is her constitutional given right.  She was fired for bantering it about on social media in violation of her company’s social media policy.  Unfortunately it happens all the time in the social media crazed world we live in today.  People feel like it’s their right to say anything they want about any topic on social media without it affecting their employment and it just doesn’t work that way.

Free Speech and At-Will Employment
In the United States, the First Amendment protects our right to free speech. This right, however, is often misunderstood. The First Amendment prevents the government from passing laws or taking other actions that limit free speech. It does not protect an individual citizen from losing his or her job over social media posts.
Complicating matters is the fact that generally most U.S. workers, aside from those in government jobs, have at-will employment relationships with their employers. This means that, technically, they can be let go for any reason and without warning. The employer does not have to establish “just cause” for the firing. Federal and state laws do prohibit employers from terminating workers for reasons having to do with race, religion and gender, but there is no prohibition for political speech. Unionized workers have more protections, but, again, this does not extend to their social media activity.

What’s scary is how so many only post limited information to try and make their point, leaving out she posted the photo on her Facebook page and worked for govt contractor. Scary to think these same people vote, could have kids and/or sit on a jury.

She was fired for having the photo on Facebook, wanting the world to know it was her. And the story of the post from a director who wasn’t fired is coming from this lady, just fired, so doubt there was much truth.

@Expect Clowns, there will be no lawsuit. Welcome to Virginia.

All the haters here…if you have EVER flipped anyone off, you have absolutely no right to spew here. And maybe here-how many of your employers would not appreciate your nastiness on here? hmm.

To the haters.Hope your employers don’t mind the hate you spew on this subject and I suppose you have never flipped anyone off? Cuz if you have at ANY time done that you can’t speak on this. There was nothing in that pic saying she worked for Akima and therefore she should not have been terminated ESP if they did not fire someone(male,funny that) who did post things that DID show where he worked.THAT is what this is truly about.I hope she doesn’t sue..hope she finds a wonderful job somewhere else.

You will be waiting until eternity for that story. Not in VA. Heck she can’t/won’t be eligible for Unemployment.

I will enjoy the story that will appear in the not too distant future—where she wins a lawsuit against Akima.  She was not doing anything that identified her employer or was identified with her employer.  They’ll pay ...

Yes, People are held accountable and internet/social media is a way to get fired. I’ve worked in Intel for 30+ years. Security drives that point everyday into all employees. Be careful.

Ms. Briskman -

If Obamacare is so great,it doesn’t need advertising at tax payer expense. People will purchase it naturally without endless government subsidies.

DACA is an executive order to go around the legitimate immigration laws of this country. It’s time to cancel that executive order and return to the rule of law and three co-equal branches of government, not overriding laws by fiat through executive orders. We’re a republic, not a kingdom or a monarchy.

The people of Puerto Rico will be sitting in the dark much longer, thanks to the political stunt democrat Carmen Yulin worked out to have the Whitefish energy grid rebuilding contract canceled.

Actions have consequences.  It’s a hard lesson for some people.


I love it when people yell 1st amendment, get a lawyer. That applies to Government abridging your righ5, not a private employer.

The last time I checked Daca reciepents weren’t being kicked out. Does she expect Trump to be in Puerto Rico running the lines himself?

Once she “self identified” as the woman in the photo it took 3 seconds to find her employer on LinkedIn. Their policy is clearly defined on their website.  The fact that she is proudly displaying the picture is a problem right there.

but akima’s director who tweeted stupid and presumptuous screed of obscenities wasn’t fired

mmmmm….First Amendment….First Amendment….First Amendment.

Lawyers should be lining up for this one. 

In all my time as a Federal employee (31 years), and then as a contractor for the Federal Government, it never crossed my mind to do something as stupid and presumptuous as Ms. Briskman’s stunts reflect, both the obscene gesture and protesting outside the CIA.  I understood—because I was told—that whether on or off the job, I was representing the United States Government. That was just understood from the time one was hired. And it is especially important to check your behavior and activities when you’re assigned abroad, for obvious reasons. Your behavior reflects not only on the government agency or contracting company, but on the USG—whether you like it or not.

Kudos to this employer! Disrespect the office and get the KARMA you deserve. If you don’t like the country you live in, please don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Good luck finding another job.

Because giving the finger to someone is so classy, isn’t it? Now she just has more time to enjoy her nice home in Lowes Island, if she can keep it without a job.

This this the company that owns Akima.

About NANA
NANA Development Corporation manages a diverse portfolio of companies, of which Akima is one.

NANA Development Corporation was formed in response to the passing of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). ANCSA was intended to resolve the long-standing issue of aboriginal land claims in Alaska and to create a mechanism for Alaska’s economic development, particularly in rural areas, by encouraging the formation of private corporations by the Alaska Native people in order to help guide and direct this development.

NANA’s 13,000 shareholders are Iñupiat, part of the Inuit, a circumpolar indigenous people. Our shareholders maintain cultural ties to the region their ancestors have inhabited for more than 10,000 years, relying on the land for their way of life and cultural expression. The NANA region, a vast and beautiful 38,000 square miles located in northwest Alaska, has a population of 7,500 people living in 11 communities or villages.

Akima and its companies are greatly influenced by the wisdom and experiences of our Alaska Native owners. We make it our goal to live out the values of our shareholders. Those values include:

Honesty and integrity govern our activities
Commitments made will be fulfilled
Everyone will be treated with dignity and respect

Responsibility for your actions….

Freedom or Speech and Expression are not free, especially in a Right-To-Work State and company owned by Trumpites.  But I think some lawyer is about to get him a new Porsche on this one, especially since one the big wigs in the company apparently said worse about the other side and nothing happened.  Can you saw discrimination.  Got to love America

Wow, sometimes karma works pretty fast.

It’s called Karma…and it’s pronounced hahahaha!

It was all good until using as a profile pic, she knew better.  Still I can’t imagine that she’ll be unemployed for very long.

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